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Large sinkhole nearly swallows car in Brooklyn, New York

A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car Thursday in
© Jenna DeAngelis/CBS2
A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car Thursday in Brooklyn
A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car with a driver and her kids inside Thursday in Brooklyn.

Some neighbors were shocked, others say they'd raised concerns before.

The ground suddenly gave way at Evergreen Avenue and Decatur Street in Bushwick.

The crater it left behind appeared to be about 10 feet deep, CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reported.

"Looking at maybe the biggest sinkhole I've ever seen in my life," Bushwick resident Evan Murray said.


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Rockslide blocks salmon spawning in British Columbia, Canada - Livelihoods and wildlife threatened

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© The Canadian Press
A rock slide on the Fraser River near Big Bar, B.C., has created a five-metre waterfall that is blocking the passage of salmon.
A rock slide on the Fraser River near Big Bar, B.C., has created a five-metre waterfall that is blocking the passage of salmon.

A major rock slide in British Columbia's Fraser River has prompted new restrictions to recreational and First Nations fishing of chinook salmon, as officials scramble to prevent long-term devastation of the population.

The slide in a remote area near Big Bar, northwest of Kamloops in the Interior, has created a five-metre waterfall that is blocking all but a small percentage of roughly hundreds of thousands of chinook from migrating upstream to spawn.

The measures announced Friday represent an "unquestionably difficult" decision in terms of the impacts on First Nations communities and on recreational fish harvesters, said Andrew Thomson, a regional director with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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Teen girl trapped in 15-foot sinkhole after curb she was sitting on collapsed in Douglas County, Nebraska

The sinkhole
© Omaha Fire Dept.
The sinkhole
A teenage girl in Nebraska was rescued from a massive 15-foot sinkhole after the concrete curb she was sitting on collapsed, plunging her down into the earth.

The girl told authorities she was sitting behind the Uta Halee administrative building when she felt the concrete begin to crack. As she stood up, the ground crumbled beneath her and she fell into the hole, trapping her underneath dirt and concrete, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

The Omaha Fire Department used a rope to remove the girl from the massive trench after they entered the hole and used airbags to remove the concrete from the girl's legs, the Herald added.

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Massive sinkhole swallows car in Woodbridge, Virginia

Prince William County police tweeted out this
© Prince William County
Prince William County police tweeted out this photo Friday evening of the car being removed from the sinkhole.
A portion of Princedale Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia, remains closed after a large fissure split the street in half on Thursday, swallowing at least one vehicle.

The first reports of a gaping hole in the ground came around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, forcing Prince William County officers to close Princedale Drive between Roundtree Drive and Saddler Lane.

Video and photos from the scene showed the sinkhole in the shoulder of Princedale Drive, extending across the entire roadway.


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Holy moly: 7.5-metre deep sinkhole may be largest ever in Regina, Canada

The sinkhole is located on the corner of Avonhurst and Elphinstone.
© Matt Howard/CBC News
The sinkhole is located on the corner of Avonhurst and Elphinstone.
A giant sinkhole is breaking new ground for the City of Regina.

The city believes that the sinkhole, located at the intersection of Avonhurst Drive and Elphinstone Street, may be the largest ever seen locally at an estimated 7.5 metres deep.

The hole has been described alternatively as the next Capital Pointe project or the gopher hole from which the new Gainer mascot arose.


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Possible sinkhole swallows several trucks in Florida near Orlando Airport

Officials are investigating if the trucks fell into a sinkhole or if the fracture in the ground was caused by something else.
© Orange County Fire Rescue
Officials are investigating if the trucks fell into a sinkhole or if the fracture in the ground was caused by something else.
Several large trucks ended up swallowed inside what officials believe may be a sinkhole in central Florida early Wednesday.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the hole opened up around 1 a.m. on private property along Boggy Creek Road, located near Orlando International Airport.

Deputies arriving at the scene discovered "a large fracture in the ground between two lakes that had collapsed" that is estimated to be at least 30-feet wide.

The Orange County Fire Rescue said on Twitter that several trucks had been swallowed.


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See Naples and die? Garbage truck falls into gigantic sinkhole in Italian city

A garbage truck plunged into a massive sinkhole in the Italian city of Naples. (Vigili del
© Vigili del Fuoco
A garbage truck plunged into a massive sinkhole in the Italian city of Naples.
A garbage truck plunged into a massive sinkhole in the Italian city of Naples on Monday, sparking the evacuations of several homes nearby.

The truck was traveling down the Casoria area of the southern Italian city when the ground beneath it opened up. Much of the vehicle was left buried under dirt and rubble as a result of the collapse.

The driver was rescued by firefighters and taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.


Comment: The same thing happened in 2011: Italy, Naples: Garbage Truck Swallowed by Sinkhole

Other past huge sinkholes in and around the city:

2015: Over 380 people evacuated in Naples, Italy after massive sinkhole opens up

2016: Two trees and a Renault disappear into huge sinkhole near Naples, Italy


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27 feet wide sinkhole appears in Asheville, North Carolina

A sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of the Asheville AAA office on Merrimon Avenue
© Bill Sanders
A sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of the Asheville AAA office on Merrimon Avenue
A monster sinkhole in a Merrimon Avenue parking lot continues to expand at an alarming rate.

As of early afternoon on June 24, it's a yawning 27 feet in diameter. When Asheville firefighters responded to the scene on the morning of the sinkhole's appearance, they estimated it was about 20 feet deep. Now, those who dare to approach the edge figure it's twice as deep.

The property owner — and neighbors on Merrimon Avenue — find themselves scratching their heads. What's the emergency protocol when the ground gives up?


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Tar and natural gas bubble up through streets near La Brea tar pits

la brea tar pit gas street
© CBS
A large puddle of tar encroached on the sidewalk and natural gas appeared to rise from the street of the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles Friday.

CBSLA's Brittany Hopper was standing near the puddle located across the street from The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, a national natural landmark where tar has been seeping up from the ground for tens of thousands of years.

When CBSLA reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department, they said they were unaware of the situation.

The Page Museum, who reportedly runs the tar pits, has not been in contact regarding the situation.

As of Saturday morning, it was unclear if and when crews would begin to stop the tar from seeping out further.

Comment: It's notable that the area has been experiencing other phenomena that may just be connected: California and Nevada have experienced 240 earthquakes over 24 hours

See also: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


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More sinkholes in central Turkey appear

A man looks at a 10-meter-deep sinkhole

A man looks at a 10-meter-deep sinkhole
Uncontrolled and negligent use of groundwater threaten the Konya Plain in the eponymous central Turkish province, which is known as the "grain silo" of Turkey for its vast wheat fields.

The number of sinkholes has rose substantially in recent years due to excessive use of groundwater for irrigation, while authorities work on plans on how to fill the voids of some 330 sinkholes. No casualties were reported so far but sinkholes render a significant portion of fields unusable.

Sinkholes are almost exclusive to the Konya Plain, which stretches as far as neighboring province Karaman. The characteristics of the land, streaming direction of water, combined with underground waters' recline contribute to formation of sinkholes. Some are shallow while others are as deep as 150 meters. Sinkholes are a fairly recent phenomenon but uncontrolled use of water since 1970s is the main factor behind their rise.The State Hydraulics Works Agency declared areas with multiple sinkholes off-limits to use of groundwater as a precaution and works to inform farmers on how to properly use water for irrigation without draining up the water resources.